Cyrus Barker is undoubtedly England's premiere private enquiry agent. With the help of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, he's developed an enviable reputation for discreetly solving some of the toughest, most consequential cases in recent history. But one evening in 1888, Robert Anderson, the head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), appears at Barker's office with an offer. A series of murders in the Whitechapel area of London are turning the city upside down, with tremendous pressure being brought to bear on Scotland Yard and the government itself. Barker is to be named temporary envoy to the Royal Family with regard to the case while surreptitiously bringing his investigative skill to the case. With various elements of society, high and low, bringing their own agendas to increasingly shocking murders, Barker and Llewellyn must find and hunt down the century's most notorious killer.
Though the Whitechapel Killer has managed to elude the finest minds of Scotland Yard - and beyond - he's never faced a mind as nimble and a man as skilled as Cyrus Barker. But even Barker's prodigious skills may not be enough to track down a killer in time.
"A satisfying addition to a satisfying series. Thomas continues to contribute to the historical thriller genre by combining appealing characters with thoroughly researched historical detail." (Library Journal)
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What more can I say? Perhaps PERFECTION!
Yes. I love all the nuances in Will Thomas's series. There are certain writers that go over board describing a scene, sentiment and internal dialog. Not Thomas, he is descriptive enough to pull you in but not drown you in boredom
How Barker and Llewelyn's relationship and respect for each other is growing and evolving. Barker is tough, no nonsense. Llewelyn is getting tougher but still kind of sweet and naïve.
No, just this series and although I got some minor characters confused, I could tell the difference between all the main ones. I enjoy his readings.
What Thomas sees at the end and they just go back to life together as usual. I WAS PROUD FOR HIM!
The author's note at the end was very helpful, even though this is a work of fiction. My birthday is July 10th, Hell Bay will be available July 11th, it's my belated gift to myself.
Great historical mystery
- The Fat Man